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So i haven't had my car for long it is a 97 SH and was wondering how to check and see if my timing belt needs replaced i dont want to take it somewhere and spend money on it was just wondering if i have to take off the valve cover in order to check it...(i dont want to have to replace the gasket just to check it) or it there is an easier way...also another random question...im thinking about lowering it about 1.5 to 2 inches or so would i have to replace the stock struts or would i be fine
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Re: Timing belt questions...

oh forgot to add it has about 163xxx miles on it right now
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Re: Timing belt questions...

as long as you gently/carefully remove the valve cover, you should be able to reuse the gasket a coupla more times. i take off my VC very often and have only recently needed to buy a new gasket.


page 6-26 of the online manual goes over how to check the belt.


its recommended to change the belts every 80-90K, so if you have proof that it was done then, i wouldn't worry about it. if you don't have proof, i'd do it just for peace of mind.
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Re: Timing belt questions...

I would check it out just in case. It is simple enough to do and will save you in the long run if you find that it needs one. And if not, you have the peace of mind that you know you got a fresh new T-Belt and dont have to worry about it for a while.
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oh forgot to add it has about 163xxx miles on it right now
Well even if it WAS done at 80-90K you are about due for it again.
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its recommended to change the belts every 80-90K....
I'd say more than recommended -- the belts typically don't show wear (especially on the outer surface), and if the timing belt breaks, chances are excellent you'll destroy at least a couple of valves, and possibly the entire head. I broke a belt on my 2d gen...was very, very lucky (only nicked one valve), and took the lesson to heart.
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I'd say more than recommended -- the belts typically don't show wear (especially on the outer surface), and if the timing belt breaks, chances are excellent you'll destroy at least a couple of valves, and possibly the entire head. I broke a belt on my 2d gen...was very, very lucky (only nicked one valve), and took the lesson to heart.


lmao, than you should take MY lesson to heart;

i blew up my first H23, and while the second H23 was chillin in my garage waiting to be dropped in, my mom goes "shouldn't you replace all the important stuff like timing belt and water pump right now while the engine is outta the car??"

i go "nahh previous owner says its a new t-belt. i trust him."






i didn't even get to my first oil change (3K miles) before that t-belt skipped timing . destroyed motor.
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Well even if it WAS done at 80-90K you are about due for it again.
yup true. but if it hasnt been done around 80k-100k then u SHOULD change it, the faster the better
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mines been on for 130k miles, and look at me, im kick@ss!

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lmao, than you should take MY lesson to heart;

i blew up my first H23, and while the second H23 was chillin in my garage waiting to be dropped in, my mom goes "shouldn't you replace all the important stuff like timing belt and water pump right now while the engine is outta the car??"

i go "nahh previous owner says its a new t-belt. i trust him."






i didn't even get to my first oil change (3K miles) before that t-belt skipped timing . destroyed motor.
your mom knows about everything! changing timing belts, washing balls, what a lady
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